Water hardly flows through the only borehole at Bramkrom, a community in the Birim North District, near Nkawkaw, the Ghana News Agency (GNA) has gathered.

The only alternative source of water for them, the River Nwin, has been heavily polluted by illegal miners, who have placed their ?chanfan? machines in the river to mine gold.

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The ?chanfan? is the machine used in digging the sand from the riverbed.

The situation is even more precarious as nurses at the Community Health Planning Services (CHPS) Centre, face serious challenges getting water for their work, especially during deliveries.

Speaking to the GNA at Bramkrom at the weekend, Nana Kwabena Chartey-Bram, the Odikro (chief) of the community, said during the dry season, water becomes very scarce in the area.

Nana Chartey-Bram disclosed that on December 29, last year, when he heard of the illegal mining on the river, their only source water, he reported the matter to the Nkawkaw District Police Command, which has jurisdiction over the area.

He said the police quickly went to the scene and arrested two of the operators and seized some of their mining equipment

?However, it seems the police is reluctant in prosecuting the case; as the last time I visited the police, the crime investigator told me to withdraw the case and to settle it amicably with the illegal miners.?

When the GNA contacted the District Commander, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Seth Yirenkyi, he said, he was not aware his crime investigator had made that suggestion, and that his outfit was still pursuing the case.

?I rather expected the complainant to report back to me of his displeasure concerning the investigator, and not to go to the media,? he said.

He said they arrested two suspected illegal miners, as the others bolted at the sight of the police.

DSP Yirenkyi said the two suspects, had since been granted police enquiry bail, pending further investigations.

According to the chief, the community was heavily starved of water and that the little water from the only borehole flows late in the night, ?sometimes a bucket full?, which is shared amongst households, especially to those in dire need.

?The River Nwin, which serves as our alternative water source, has now been polluted by galamsey miners, so we are unable to use it,? he stressed.

Nana Chartey-Bram appealed for urgent assistance to enable his people to get potable water for domestic use, adding that, the authorities should aid the community to protect the river from the ?galamsey? operators.

When the GNA visited the borehole site, gallons and buckets had been lined up, waiting for water to flow.

It also found a ?chanfan? machine seated on the river, while the colour of the water looked greenish and virtually drying up.

The community has a modern CHPS Centre and a basic school built by the community with financial assistance from Mr Kweku Bram-Larbi, an Accra based-Lawyer and a native of the area.

Bramkrom is a cocoa growing rural community situated on the southern part of the Birim North District with 32 houses and a population of about 1,100.

Apart from the water challenges, the community has no electricity and the nature of its road network is in a very deplorable state.

Source: GNA

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